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Australian Region MArine Data Aggregation (ARMADA)

This application is data summaries of marine data from AODN partners and others that publish data using web services (WFS).

The application has been designed to aggregate and then identify data within Key Ecological Features as part of a NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub project but it is also applicable to any other regions such as Australian Marine Parks (previously known as Commonwealth Marine Reserves) or the GBR.

To avoid confusion, this application has been renamed as the 'ARMADA' and the term Data Trawler refers to the CSIRO application that delivers data fom CSIRO surveys and in particular from RV Southern Surveyor and now the RV Investigator.

Note: this set of tools are prototypes for demonstrating concepts and may not work as desired.
Any ideas or problems, then please contact the CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure Data Centre using the Requests form.

Region reports

Search for regions with links to a single region report of all data found.

Find a region matching the following criteria.

Select one or more regions

Or optionally search for part of region name

Australian Marine Parks
Australian Marine Parks 2018
Australian Marine Parks 2022
Coastal Shelfs 0-200m
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
IMCRA version 4.0
Key Ecological Features
Mooring Sites
World Heritage Areas

Region summaries

Find data summaries per gear type from data providers contained within or intersect with regions. (warning - might be slow)

Link on the Region Set name will list an aggregated data summary from all providers or use the links next to 'Also from individual providers' to see the individual data providers contributions.


Find a region matching the following criteria.

Provider which provider's WFS server (also see list of WFS layers used)
All providers
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN)
Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility (ACEF)
Geoscience Australia (GA)
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)
Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (IMAS)
Reef Life Survey, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (IMAS)
GA Marine Geoserver


Optional: part of region name

Or select a region

Australian Marine Parks
Australian Marine Parks 2018
Australian Marine Parks 2022
Coastal Shelfs 0-200m
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
IMCRA version 4.0
Key Ecological Features
Mooring Sites
World Heritage Areas

Area size from to km2 (maximum value is 484,000 )

Select the gear types to filter on. You need to pick a minimum of one. The filter 'ands' the selection of gear types.

Gear typeMinimum Data quantity
in a region
Minimum Temporal span
Current meter at moorings [CM_M] - maximum is 47 Mooring deployments
Continuous Plankton Recorder [CPR] - maximum is 2323 taxa occurrence
CTD sensor [CTD] - maximum is 27205 deployments as vertical profile or tows
demersal trawl or sled [DT_S] - maximum is 10763 deployments
diver visual [DV] - maximum is 1119 surveys
demersal remote underwater video [D_BRUV] - maximum is 448 deployments
multibeam sonar [MBS] - maximum is 2350 one hour observation block
Meteorological & SST [MET] - maximum is 65 deployments
midwater acoustics [MW_A] - maximum is 9354 one hour observation block
ocean based acoustic current meter [OB_ACM] - maximum is 55258 ensembles per day
Phytoplankton sample [PP] - maximum is 54 observations
remote or autonomous underwater video [R.A_UV] - maximum is 383 deployments
sediment grab and core samples [SG] - maximum is 2304 deployments
satellite tag [ST] - maximum is 26489 dive locations or haulout sites
seabed towed video and stills [S_TV] - maximum is 10763 deployments
seagrass [SeaGr] - maximum is 8786 observations
Trap finfish crab lobster [TFCL] - maximum is 153 taxa occurrence
turtle nesting locations [TN] - maximum is 1331 nest counts
Water quality and chemistry [WQ_C] - maximum is 4543 deployments
eXpendable BathyThermograph [XBT] - maximum is 8709 deployments
Zooplankton samples [ZP] - maximum is 592 observations
Glider [glider] - maximum is 2068 locations

Layers and Gear Types

Layers are registered within ARMADA if they contain relevant information and the date/location/depth fields are obvious by inpecting one or more records from the WFS feed.

Data layers are classified as follows

  • Final - appear to be contain final and usable data
  • Ongoing - appears to potentially have data continued to be acquired. It needs to be reharvested.
  • New - appears to potentially have data. It needs to be harvested.
  • Rejected - the layer is only providing context for mapping (e.g coastline), there is no location, depth or dates within the record or the data layer is a duplicate of another layer.

Each layer is linked to one or more Gear types. For example, CTD's deployments will linked to salinity/temperature profiles (code CTD) and wate qulity and chemistry (code WQ_C).

List of Mapping servers and their WFS layers used with a search tool (by provider, gear type etc)

List of Gear types with descriptions, data count, UoM, map colour


The following are 2 examples of data summaries, a map related to finding WFS data and data aggregation example. Click on map to see a larger example.

Region report

Coral Sea Conservation Park Zone (IUCN IV) single page report showing all data within this region.
For details see this link

Water Quality data summary

Map of the KEF region 'Ancient coastline at 125 m depth contour' showing hydrology data from 1976 to 2010.
For details see this link

CTD data summary

Map of the KEF region 'West Tasmania Canyons' showing CTD data from mutiple providers from 1984 to 2015.
For details see this link

Finding suitable WFS data

Map of KEF regions (gray) with IMOS AATAMS Data contained within a KEF (yellow) and data outside (red).
The map is used to help identify suitable datasets to incorporate into ARMADA.

Aggregation of KEFs

Map of KEF features that are classified as canyons with biological gear types shown in various colours. To identify the gear types, see the colours listed in Gear types

Acknowledgements: All maps use the following base layer: Bright Earth e-Atlas Basemap v1.0 (AIMS, GBRMPA, JCU, DSITIA, GA, UCSD, NASA, OSM, ESRI) CC BY

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